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2008-07-03 09:00:09

By FRANK BAJAK By Frank Bajak The Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia Colombian spies tricked leftist rebels into handing over kidnapped presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors Wednesday in a helicopter rescue during which not a single shot was fired. Betancourt, who was seized on the campaign trail six years ago, appeared thin but healthy as she strode down the stairs of a military plane and held her mother in a long embrace. She said she still...

2008-07-03 06:00:21

By David Jackson and Brian Winter The dramatic rescue of three U.S. hostages from a rebel camp in the Colombian jungle Wednesday delivered a strategic victory for a key U.S. ally on the same day as a visit by Sen. John McCain. The American defense contractors were among 15 hostages who were freed unharmed after Colombian troops, acting with U.S. military support, tricked the leftist guerrillas into loading them onto an army helicopter. Despite years of captivity during which the...

2008-07-03 06:00:00

Colombian officials briefed Republican Sen. John McCain on the eve of the dramatic rescue mission that freed 15 Americans and Colombians from years as hostages of a leftist rebel group, the presidential candidate said in a statement Wednesday. The McCain campaign issued the statement soon after the news broke that the jungle rescue mission freed three U.S. defense contractors, a former Colombian vice presidential candidate and 11 other long-held hostages of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of...

2008-07-03 00:00:08

BOGOTA, Colombia _ The rescuers came wearing Che Guevara T-shirts and logos declaring them delegates of some obscure organization. They didn't look much like an international humanitarian brigade. And they weren't. They were Colombian intelligence agents, pulling off "Operation Checkmate," one of the greatest military capers in Colombia's history _ a mission that would finally liberate the world's most famous hostage from the hands of leftist rebels in the jungle. Without firing a...

2008-07-02 21:00:02

CARTAGENA, Colombia _ Three American defense contractors held since 2003 by narco-guerillas in steamy jungle captivity were choppered to freedom here, it was announced Wednesday, in a daring rescue operation that resembled a Hollywood action film. Colombian Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos announced Wednesday afternoon that the nation's special forces had rescued 15 hostages, including the three U.S. citizens and a former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, whose...

2008-07-02 18:00:12

By Tyler Bridges CARTAGENA, Colombia - John McCain's trip here Tuesday was part of an unusual three-day presidential campaign swing to Latin America with a dual message for voters back home. By visiting Colombia and Mexico, McCain wants to emphasize to all voters that he has stronger foreign policy credentials than Barack Obama, his Democratic rival. McCain also wants to appeal specifically to Hispanics in the United States by expressing his concern for problems in Latin America....

2008-07-02 18:00:00

CARTAGENA, Colombia _ Colombia's defense minister announced Tuesday afternoon that special forces earlier that day had rescued 15 hostages whom the country's biggest guerrilla group had held for years, including three Americans and former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt. Besides Betancourt, the action freed 11 Colombians and three Americans: Thomas Howe, Keith Stansell and Marc Gonsalves. The U.S. citizens had been shot down in an anti-drug mission in 2003. Defense Minister Juan...

2008-07-02 18:00:02

A former Colombian presidential candidate and three U.S. citizens were among 15 hostages rescued Wednesday from leftist rebels in Colombia. Ingrid Betancourt, 46, who was captured by members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, while campaigning for the presidency in 2002, was among those freed by Colombian forces, El Tiempo newspaper reported in its online edition. The three Americans freed Wednesday included Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell. The...

2008-07-02 09:00:19

By Frank Bajak Associated Press VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia -- Not long after two top commanders of Latin America's last major rebel army were killed -- one in a raid, the other by a turncoat bodyguard -- Diego Canizares decided to call it quits. The 39-year-old veteran guerrilla made indirect contact with the Colombian army. Then he strapped on his 9mm Taurus pistol and portable radio, slipped 10 anti-personnel mines into a canvas sack and walked off as if going to work. Instead, he met up...

2008-07-01 18:00:09

CARTAGENA, Colombia _ John McCain's trip here Tuesday was part of an unusual three-day presidential campaign swing to Latin America with a dual message for voters back home. By visiting Colombia and Mexico, McCain wants to emphasize to all voters that he has stronger foreign policy credentials than Barack Obama, his Democratic rival. McCain also wants to appeal specifically to Hispanics in the United States by expressing his concern for problems in Latin America. "Hispanics are a very...